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PowerPoint2013 shadows are banded in Save As PDF

Posted on 2015-01-18
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Hi, I've been rolling out Office2013 and one of my users noticed an issue with PowerPoint2013 where shadows are banded in Save As PDF rather than a smooth gradient. If the same file is saved as a PDF using PowerPoint2010 all is fine, the shadows are smooth.  Has anyone else experienced this or know of a fix? PowerPoint2013 options are set to high quality.
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Nick
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by:JSRWilson
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I can repro -  some shadows look fine in 2010 pdf but banded in 2013.

Can't see a solution though unless you are prepared to cut the shape and paste special as a PNG. I know others have complained that gradient fill that fade to transparent are handled diferently in 2013 which might be connected.
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by:Boolean Logical
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Thanks, another bug to add to Microsoft's list.  Do you know the best way to let Microsoft know about this issue?
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I'll pass it on to the PowerPoint team. My guess is there are only a few complaints about this so the responce may be fairly slow. As I mentioned cut > paste as PNG seems to solve it here.
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by:Boolean Logical
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Hi, the issue is with jpeg photos that have been given a shadow within PowerPoint, so not sure what you mean by 'cut the shape and paste as PNG'.
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I mean cut (copy maybe to test) the jpeg with the shadow and HOME > Paste > Paste special >> CHOOSE PNG

The result should look the same but the "shadow" is now part of the PNG and cannot be edited. Here the PDF you produce looks less banded. None of the PDF's look terrible though.
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